Preparing Your Miss Ethiopia Entry

Below you will find answers to questions frequently posed by young women who are interested in becoming the next Miss Ethiopia. You will read about the roles and responsibilities as well as gain access to a host of helpful tips which will assist you when preparing your entry form.

 Frequently Asked Questions

Which qualities are required to be a successful Miss Ethiopia?

Miss Ethiopia needs to be many different things to many different people. Essentially, Miss Ethiopia  needs to be a people’s person as she will spend most of her time engaging with the many different citizens of Ethiopia. She needs to be charismatic, enjoy conversing, organised, reliable and a team-player. To her sponsors, Miss Ethiopia needs to be grateful and appreciative and to the youth, Miss Ethiopia needs to be a well-spoken, upstanding role-model who exhibits appropriate behaviour and a positive attitude. Finally, Miss Ethiopia needs to be humble enough to recognise that only one woman in the country is afforded the opportunity she has received and respect the enormity of her role overall.

How does Miss Ethiopia function and what are her main responsibilities?

The Miss Ethiopia brand is owned by Miss Ethiopia Event plc

Miss Ethiopia Event plc not only facilitates the annual competition, but also provides Miss Ethiopia with a manager and support during the course of the year. Miss Ethiopia’s schedule is the responsibility of the Miss Ethiopia Office, based in Addis Ababa.

Miss Ethiopia also has an obligation to her sponsors and endorses their particular products or expertise. Primarily, Miss Ethiopia Event plc invests in Miss Ethiopia  which enable her to represent the country internationally.

Will entering Miss Ethiopia clash with my university studies or tertiary education requirements?

Many entrants are students as often women within the age bracket, 18 – 24, have enrolled at a tertiary institution of some kind and are working towards qualifying as professionals. Miss Ethiopia Event plc endorses the importance of education and every effort is made to accommodate the needs of those finalists who have academic commitments and examinations. The Miss Ethiopia final event is held in December each year, once universities have closed for the Semester.

How does the Miss Ethiopia judging system work?

Much care has been put into developing an adjudicating process which mirrors, as closely as possible, the international experienced Judges are chosen for their expertise and experience within the beauty pageant industry and a principal judge oversees the entire process to ensure standardisation. Every elimination round is carefully scrutinised by Ministry of Culture and Tourism to ensure that the outcome can be deemed transparent.


Firstly, women are invited to complete a formal online application and submit * two recent photographs. The judges then choose which of the applicants they would like to meet face-to-face and these candidates are invited to interviews, which are held in Addis Ababa. Those candidates who excel at regional level become semi-finalists and are called to what has become known as the workshop judging stage. After a number of days of lectures, guest talks, tutorials, practical applications and more intensive interviews, the top 20 finalists are chosen. These 20 finalists go on to compete in December final event.

*The importance of excellent photographs cannot be emphasised enough.

What does Miss Ethiopia win?

Miss Ethiopia is the recipient of much generosity from her sponsors who, in turn, cater to almost her every whim. She receives a prize package which rivals the international competitions. The most important thing Miss Ethiopia wins, however, is an assortment of opportunities to grow, develop and give back to the country which she represents.

What is the most difficult part about entering Miss Ethiopia?

It is always difficult to enter competitions of this nature. Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind is that so very much of it is out of your direct control. Different judges emphasise different qualities and beauty, obviously, can be subjective. Adopt a healthy, grounded approach when entering Miss Ethiopia. Aim to excel in each of the various judging rounds, but know that there are many other strong career opportunities out there besides the Miss Ethiopia platform.

What can I do to increase my chances of doing well when entering Miss Ethiopia?

Official scouts have been appointed in each of the regions to offer applicants guidance, support and advice. These scouts are specifically appointed and employed by Miss Ethiopia Event plc and receive a definitive brief in January each year.

Complete the application form legibly spend time choosing the photographs which you want to submit as this constitutes the first elimination round. Do your photographs show you off to your best advantage and do they definitely align you to Miss Ethiopia’s main responsibilities?

Do you have any tips for filling out the entry form?

When filling out your entry form, read it very carefully and check before you send it off. Here are some tips to follow:

Ensure that all information requested on the entry form is completed.
Entry form must be completed in a clear and concise way – it’s easier and neater to complete the online form.
All documents requested must accompany the entry form if you are selected as semi finalist.
Accurate height measurement is imperative.
Photographs must be the correct size and not blurred.
Only 1 entry form per entrant can be submitted.

    When will the Miss Ethiopia finalists be announced?

    The 20  Miss Ethiopia  finalists for the 2011 pageant will be announced in early November 2011.

    Good luck! Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

    The Miss Ethiopia  team would like to thank  Ministry of Culture and Tourism  for thier assistance. Good luck with completing the Miss Ethiopia entry form!

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